While spinning the recent reissue of Dylan’s Gospel, I was reminded of two incredibly odd Dylan “reinterpretations.” To that, introducing Bob Dylan’s music through the lens of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. First up is their cover of “Queen Jane Approximately”, whose vocals and instrumentation are so boisterously rough and rousing that even the most diehard Dylan purest should find it compelling. It’s interesting to hear Valli leave his world of sweet falsettos to do a Dylan impersonation full of rasp, grit and imperfection. My vinyl copy is a bit worn–something that only helps to emphasize the energy in the fuzzy guitar, adding a little extra vocal distortion.
Released in 1965 by the Four Seasons under the nom de disque, The Wonder Who, this rendering of Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” is by far the most, er, interesting Dylan cover I’ve ever come across. The vocals are nuts, with Frankie Valli employing such an insanely high-pitched falsetto I am baffled that the pop culture audience of 1965 got through it, much less voted it to #12 on the Hot 100 charts. words / p dufrene